Italy (SISM) - Torino
Endocrinology, Plastic Surgery, Internal Medicine, Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Orthopedics and Traumatology, Oncology, Haematology, Immunology & Allergology, Otorhinolaryngology, Ophthalmology, Cardiosurgery, Vascular Surgery, Urology, Other departments are present but have not been tried yet
12 scope may, 1 score may, 1 phx may, 1 score september, 12 scope september
Lunch at Dr Coffee
Private students' houses
Immunity status against varicella (a self-certification is sufficient); not needed if there is evidence of vaccination.
Giorgia Sold
Federico Cussotto Sara Roetti

Turin is a city and an important business and cultural centre in northern Italy, capital of the Piedmont region, located mainly on the left bank of the Po River, in front of Susa Valley and surrounded by the western Alpine arch. The Turin metropolitan area is estimated by the OECD to have a population of 2.2 million.

The city has a rich culture and history, and is known for its numerous art galleries, restaurants, churches, palaces, opera houses, sqaures, parks, gardens, theatres, libraries, museums and other venues. Turin is well known for its baroque, rococo, neo-classical, and Art Nouveau architecture.

Much of the city’s public squares, castles, gardens and elegant palazzi, such as Palazzo Madama, were built from the 16th to the 18th century, after the capital of the Duchy of Savoy (later Kingdom of Sardinia) was moved to Turin from Chambery (nowadays France) as part of the urban expansion.

Turin is sometimes called the “cradle of Italian liberty”, for having been the birthplace and home of notable politicians and people who contributed to Italian independence, such as Cavour. The city currently hosts some of Italy’s best universities, colleges, academies, such as the six-century-old University of Turin and the Turin Politecnico. Prestigious and important museums, such as the Museo Egizio and the Mole Antonelliana are also found in the city.

The city used to be a major European political centre, being Italy’s first capital city in 1861 and being home to the House of Savoy, Italy’s royal family. Even though much of its political significance and importance had been lost by World War II, it became a major European crossroad for industry, commerce and trade. Turin is also home to much of the Italian automotive industry.

Turin is well known as the home of the Shroud of Turin, the football teams Juventus F.C. and Torino F.C., the headquarters of automobile manufacturers FIAT, Lancia and Alfa Romeo, Iveco and as host of the 2006 Winter Olympics. Several International Space Station modules, such as Harmony and Columbus, were also manufactured in Turin. It was the capital of the Duchy of Savoy from 1563, then of the Kingdom of Sardinia ruled by the Royal House of Savoy and finally the first capital of the unified Italy from 1861 to 1870.

It is often referred to as “the Capital of the Alps”, or as “the Automobile Capital of Italy”.

We, members of SISM Torino, study in Università degli Studi di Torino (in shorthand, Unito), which offers two separate medical courses, one in Italian and the other in English. We attend our internships in all the many hospitals of the city, but we send our incoming students only to one: Mauriziano, which is the most central and most student-friendly, although not the biggest one.

We have one active SCORE project, "Use of ectoenzymes (CD38 and CD157) for prognostic applications and therapy" at professor Malavasi's excellent laboratory of genetics, biology and biochemistry.

Our LC has an agreement with Dr. Coffee bar, located in the Medicine quarter and a very popular place for University students. During your stay, they will provide you with 20 hot lunches, in exchange for the coupon we will give you on your first day. We can't accomodate specific dietary prescriptions, and we can't give pocket money instead because our deal with the bar doesn't allow for that.

We host our guests in Italian students' flats. In this way both you and the Italian group that is hosting you can experience a full international adventure!
This means, though, that lodging conditions will naturally be different for every student. We can easily accomodate sex preferences expressed in the AF. To avoid any problems, please get in touch with your host as soon as possible and ask for the details of your accomodation. If you find something wrong, tell us before your arrival so we can find a solution together.


Public transport in Torino works from about 5 a.m. to 1 a.m.; the metro closes earlier, depending on the day of the week. Only on Fridays and Saturdays there are buses running during the whole night.

We advise you to buy a GTT monthly pass for public transportation, especially if your house isn’t close to the hospital; ask your CP for assistance in the purchase. If you are under 26 years of age, you will get the discounted price of €25. This pass will allow you to ride all urban public transport without limits (including night buses) for the whole month.

To navigate the transport system, we recommend you download the Moovit app; Google Maps and iOS maps work fine as well.

If you need to move around late at night, you can get a taxi with a phone call or use the WeTaxi app, which allows you to pay a fixed prearranged price.

We always offer at least a basic social program to our incoming. The staples, which are always present, include: 1) Welcome Dinner, in a restaurant, during the first week 2) City sightseeing, with guided tour in English, during the first weekend 3) National Food and Drinking Party, where everybody shares food and drinks from one's country (Italy included).
Other common proposals include: cinema night (one Italian movie shown with English subtitles), karaoke, beach volley/soccer game, disco, folk dancing, short trips to must-see places around the city (e.g. Sacra di San Michele).
We provide a social-program calendar approximately one week before the exchange. We like, though, to be flexible and we are open to new ideas and requests from our incoming. To manage the SP during the month, we communicate using a Facebook group and a WhatsApp chat, so it's recommended to have both services available while here.
We never collect social-program fees: all our events are either free or everyone pays for oneself.
We don't have the time and manpower to organize multi-day trips, but we will give the incoming some assistance and advice if asked.

Sight Seeing

Piazza Castello and Palazzo Reale are at the center of Turin. The square is a pedestrian area with benches and small fountains, ringed by beautiful, grand buildings. The Via Po is an interesting walking street with long arcades and many historic palaces and cafes, as well as most fo the souvenir shops. Just round the corner you'll find Mole Antonelliana, a 167 meter tall tower built between 1798 and 1888, which houses the excellent National Museum of Cinema. A panoramic lift takes you to the top of the tower for some breathtaking views of the city. Palazzo Carignano now houses the Museo del Risorgimento, and in 1861 the Unification of Italy was proclaimed here. Piazza San Carlo, also known as Turin's living room, is a wonderfull baroque square with the twin churches of San Carlo and Santa Cristina. Quadrilatero is an interesting maze of backstreets with sprawling markets and splendid tiny streets. Mostly if you come here in winter, you have to try a bicerin, a local layered drink made with coffee, chocolate, and cream. Others wonderfull places to visit are Parco del Valentino, where you can have a relaxing walk after your practice at the hospital, and a little bit outside the city Reggia di Venaria and Reggia di Stupinigi, if you love beauty and you are keen to discover how far art can go to breathe life into the inert matter, on your first free day take a stroll there! 


The National Cinema Museum of Torino yet it’s not a museum, at least not in the traditional sense of the term. You will be surprised to discover what a special and unique place it is. The Museum is one of the most important of its kind in the world thanks to it vast collection and the many different scientific and educational activities it offers. But what makes it truly unique is its special exhibit setup. The museum is located inside the Mole Antonelliana, a bizarre and fascinating monument which is the symbol of the City of Torino. 

The Egyptian Museum of Turin houses the world's largest and most comprehensive collection of Egyptian antiquities outside the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. It was established in 1824, although the University of Turin already owned an important collection of Egyptian material. The museum is located in Via accademia delle scienze, close to piazza Castello. 

There are many other beautiful museums in the city, including, but not limited to, the Automobile Museum, the Savoyan Gallery, the Royal Armoury, the Gallery of Modern Art, the Museum of Oriental Art and the wonderful Basilica of Superga, built on a panoramic hill that surmounts the whole city.


Torino is the home city of the world-famous Juventus F.C. Its stadium, with the annexed museum, is a must-see for every football fan. 


MAY: Check out the Torino Fringe Festival and the International Book Fair (for Italian speakers)
SEPTEMBER: The MITO Settembre Musica offers a free classical music concert every day.
During the second weekend of the month, the nearby city of Asti hosts the Sagra delle Sagre, a huge fair of traditional Piedmontese food and wine.

Markets & Shopping


Piazza della Repubblica hosts Porta Palazzo, the biggest open-air market in Europe.

Every Saturday, the streets of Aurora host the flea market called Balon. If you want an original souvenir from your exchange, this is the place to go.


8 Gallery is on the 1st floor of Lingotto, a massive kilometre-long building that was once a car factory operated by FIAT. If you pay a visit, don't forget to take a walk on the impressive test track on the rooftop!

If you are looking for the main clothing brands (benetton, zara, max&co, ecc...) Via Roma is the right place for you! If you prefere something more tipical you should have a walk in via povia garibaldi or in the quadrilatero. If you are after a big shopping marathon, go to Torino Outlet Village; a shuttle bus will take you there from Porta Nuova Station.

Torino is a city full of well-curated and renowned museums. The most popular ones include the Egyptian, the Cinema Museum, the Automobile Museum, the Gallery of Modern Art, the Basilica of Superga, the Museum of Oriental Art, the Royal Palace… The problem is that single-entry tickets are quite expensive: just one entrance to the Egyptian Museum will cost you 18 euros! Fortunately, we can suggest a solution: the Abbonamento Musei Piemonte (museum pass for Piedmont)! If you’re 26 or younger, for just 32 euros you can buy this pass which will allow you unlimited entrance to all museums in Torino and Piedmont for one year! Here is the website with all the relevant info. If you like museums but you don’t like to spend a lot of money on visits, we suggest that you seriously consider this option!